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Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Expedited Review

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AGENCY:

Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has conducted an expedited review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain softwood lumber products (softwood lumber) from Canada for the producers/exporters that requested a review. As a result, we are excluding certain producers/exporters from the CVD order on lumber from Canada. We also find that certain producers/exporters received countervailable subsidies at above de minimis rates during the January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, period of review.

DATES:

Applicable July 5, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kristen Johnson or Nicholas Czajkowski, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4793 and (202) 482-1395, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Commerce published the Preliminary Results of the expedited review on February 1, 2019.[1] A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Results, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for the final results, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.[2] The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In Start Printed Page 32122addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/​frn/​. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic version are identical in content.

Scope of the Order

The product covered by this order is certain softwood lumber products from Canada. A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.[3]

Methodology

Commerce has conducted this CVD expedited review in accordance with section 103(a) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) and 19 CFR 351.214(k). For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. The subsidy programs under review, and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs submitted by the parties, are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice at the Appendix.

Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties, we made changes to the subsidy rate calculations for certain producers/exporters since the Preliminary Results. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum and the Final Calculation Memoranda.[4]

We determined a CVD rate for each producer/exporter of the subject merchandise that requested an expedited review.

Final Results of the Expedited Review

As a result of this expedited review, we determine the countervailable subsidy rates to be:

Producer/exporterSubsidy rate
Fontaine Inc. and its cross-owned affiliates 5 (Fontaine)1.26
Les Produits Forestiers D&G Ltée and its cross-owned affiliates 6 (D&G)* 0.21
Marcel Lauzon Inc. and its cross-owned affiliates (MLI) 7* 0.42
Mobilier Rustique (Beauce) Inc. and its cross-owned affiliates 81.99
North American Forest Products Ltd. and its cross-owned affiliates 9 (NAFP)* 0.17
Produits Matra Inc. and Sechoirs de Beauce Inc. and their cross-owned affiliate 105.80
Roland Boulanger & Cie Ltée and its cross-owned affiliates 11 (Roland)* 0.31
Scierie Alexandre Lemay & Fils Inc. and its cross-owned affiliates (Lemay) 12* 0.05
* de minimis subsidy rate.

Cash Deposit Instructions

Pursuant to section 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(iii), the final results of this expedited review will not be the basis for the assessment of countervailing duties. Upon the issuance of these final results, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties for the companies subject to this expedited review, at the rates shown above, on shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this expedited review. These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(iv), because we have determined a countervailable subsidy rate for D&G, MLI, NAFP, Roland, and Lemay that is de minimis, with these final results of expedited review, we determine to exclude D&G, MLI, NAFP, Roland, and Lemay from the CVD order. Commerce's practice with respect to exclusions of companies from a CVD duty order is to exclude the subject merchandise both produced and exported by those companies.[13] As a result, we will instruct CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation and the collection of cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties on all shipments of softwood lumber produced and exported by D&G, MLI, NAFP, Roland, and Lemay, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of these final results. In addition, we will instruct CBP to liquidate, without regard to countervailing duties, all suspended entries of shipments of softwood lumber produced and exported by D&G, MLI, NAFP, Roland, and Lemay, and to refund all cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties collected on all such shipments. Merchandise which D&G, MLI, NAFP, Roland, and Lemay exports but does not produce, as well as merchandise D&G, MLI, NAFP, Roland, and Lemay produces but is exported by another company, remains subject to the CVD order.

Administrative Protective Orders

This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

Notification to Interested Parties

This determination is issued and published pursuant to section 103(a) of the URAA and in accordance with sections 19 CFR 351.214(k) and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5).

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Dated: June 28, 2019.

Alex Villanueva,

Senior Director, Office I, Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.

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Appendix—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

I. Summary

II. Background

III. Scope of the Order

IV. Subsidies Valuation

V. Analysis of Programs

VI. Discussion of the Issues

Comment 1: Whether Article 19.3 of the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Start Printed Page 32123(SCM) Agreement Requires “Expedited CVD Reviews”

Comment 2: Whether Reviews Conducted Under Section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act Are Limited to New Exporters and Producers

Comment 3: Whether Reviews Conducted Under Section 751(a) of the Act Cannot Begin Until at Least the Anniversary of the CVD Order and Must Act as the Basis for the Assessment of CVD Duties

Comment 4: Whether Section 736(c) of the Act Can Serve as the Basis for Conducting CVD Expedited Reviews

Comment 5: Whether Commerce Should Account for Respondents' Purchases of Subject Merchandise/Rough-Hewn Lumber and Whether Commerce Should Assign the “All-Others” Rate from the CVD Order to the Respondents in the Current Proceeding

Comment 6: Whether the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (ACCA) for Class 29 Assets Program Is De Jure Specific

Comment 7: Whether the Provincial and Federal Logging Tax Credits (PLTC and FLTC) Are Countervailable

Comment 8: Whether Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Loans Are Specific and Countervailable

Comment 9: Whether Commerce Correctly Determined Specificity for Various Tax and Employment Programs

Comment 10: Whether the Workforce Skills Development and Recognition Fund (aka, FDRCMO) Is De Facto Specific

Comment 11: Whether the Immigrant Investor Program Is De Facto Specific

Comment 12: Whether the Tax Credit for On-the-Job Training Period Is De Facto Specific

Comment 13: Whether the Tax Credit for Investments Relating to Manufacturing and Processing Equipment Is De Jure Specific

Comment 14: Whether the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Measure Is De Facto Specific

Comment 15: Whether Matra and Sechoirs Should Be Treated Separately

Comment 16: Whether Commerce Should Find Groupe Matra To Be Creditworthy

Comment 17: Whether Commerce Erred in Its Analysis of Investissement Québec (IQ) Guaranteed Loans

Comment 18: Whether Commerce Should Continue to Apply Partial Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to the Immigrant Investor Program

Comment 19: Whether it Was Proper for Commerce to Consider New Subsidy Allegations in an Expedited Review

Comment 20: Whether New Brunswick's Property Tax Incentives for Private Forest Producers Is Countervailable

Comment 21: Whether the Benefit Analysis for New Brunswick's Property Assessment System Should Be Adjusted

Comment 22: Whether Commerce Should Correct Fontaine's Total Sales Amount

Comment 23: Whether Commerce Should Use Fontaine's Taxes Paid in 2015 to Calculate Receipt of Alleged Benefits During the Period of Review (POR)

VII. Recommendation

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Footnotes

1.  See Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Expedited Review, 84 FR 1051 (February 1, 2019) (Preliminary Results).

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2.  See Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of Expedited Review of the Countervailing Duty Order on Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by this notice.

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5.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Fontaine Inc.: Gestion Natanis Inc., Les Placements Jean-Paul Fontaine Ltee, and Placements Nicolas Fontaine Inc.

6.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Les Produits Forestiers D&G Ltée: Le Groupe Gesco-Star Ltée, Les Produits Forestiers Portbec Ltée, and Les Produits Forestiers Startrees Ltée.

7.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Marcel Lauzon Inc.: Placements Marcel Lauzon Ltee and Investissements LRC Inc.

8.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Mobilier Rustique (Beauce) Inc.: J.F.S.R. Inc., Gestion C.A. Rancourt Inc., Gestion J.F. Rancourt Inc., Gestion Suzie Rancourt Inc., Gestion P.H.Q. Inc., 9331-3419 Quebec Inc., 9331-3468 Quebec Inc., and SPQ Inc.

9.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with North American Forest Products Ltd.: Parent-Violette Gestion Ltée and Le Groupe Parent Ltée.

10.  Commerce finds Bois Ouvre de Beauceville (1992), Inc. to be cross-owned with Produits Matra, Inc. (Matra) and Sechoirs de Beauce Inc. (Sechoirs). Matra and Sechoirs submitted separate requests for the expedited review; however, based on record evidence, we found them to be cross-owned, and therefore calculated a single countervailing duty rate for both. Collectively, we refer to Matra, Sechoirs, and their cross-owned affiliate as Groupe Matra.

11.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Roland Boulanger & Cie Ltée: Industries Daveluyville, Inc. and Les Manufacturiers Warwick Ltée.

12.  Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Scierie Alexandre Lemay & Fils Inc.: Bois Lemay Inc. and Industrie Lemay Inc.

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13.  See, e.g., Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from India, Italy, Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 81 FR 48387 (July 25, 2016).

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